Writing well: academic style
Knowing how to write at university and what is expected of you can feel confusing. This session will help you with both practical ways of improving your writing and help you think about the principles and questions that underpin the idea of academic style.
In your own words: using reading in your writing
This workshop looks at how you can engage with difficult academic texts and use them in your own writing. As well as discussing the practicalities of how you paraphrase, summarise and quote from sources, we will also think about how to engage critically with texts, and how reading relates to writing.
Structuring an essay
Writing university essays can be challenging. In this workshop, we will look at how to generate and organise ideas, how different types of assignment question can suggest different structures, and how to translate that into your academic writing.
Structure of research papers in the sciences and social sciences
Research papers can seem intimidating - daunting both to read and to write. But information in a lot of research articles is actually organised in a fairly standard way. This workshop will explain the main components of the ‘Science Paper Format’ (SPF) used in the sciences and for quantitative-based research in the social sciences. By understanding these key elements, you will see that SPF writing allows researchers to communicate their study findings effectively and allows readers to locate the information they want. It will help you read academic articles quickly and efficiently and show you how to structure a well-organised research report yourself.
Shut up and write
Do you struggle with procrastination, or find it difficult to get down to writing your assignments? This workshop is facilitated by an experienced tutor and is for students who want a distraction-free space to focus on writing. Using a variation of the Pomodoro Technique, you will be given blocks of time in a peaceful environment, where you will be asked to switch off mobile phones and wifi/internet access and encouraged to get down to work. In the regular breaks, you can ask the workshop facilitator any writing-related questions you may have, whether they're about grammar, structure, whether something makes sense, or overcoming writer's block. And tea and coffee will be provided, along with some snacks to keep your energy up. All students need to bring their own laptop or device to write with, and other than that, there is nothing you need to do, except exactly what the title says - shut up and write.
Analysing essay questions
One of the most common complaints from lecturers is that their students have not answered the question – and if you want to avoid making that mistake, the key first step is to understand what the question is asking you to do. In this session we will look at analysing and unpacking assignment instructions so that you can see what is expected from you with different types of question and make sure you are approaching your writing in the right way.